The Annual Student Exhibition (ASE) is an academic capstone event and the longest-standing student exhibition of its kind. While art exhibitions for matriculating students are common, PAFA's show takes place in a major museum and is one of the most celebrated student group shows in the country.

The ASE offers PAFA's emerging artists the opportunity to curate, install, and sell their own work in a professional setting. In addition to its role as an exhibition and sale, the ASE includes a competition for the coveted Cresson, Schiedt, Von Hess, Ware, and Women's Committee travel scholarships, to name a few.

The ASE marks the end of a student's time at PAFA but the beginning of their contribution to the arts and culture scene in Philadelphia and beyond. Among the many successful artists who have launched their careers at the Annual Student Exhibition are Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Bo Bartlett, Moe Brooker, Barkley L. Hendricks, and Sarah McEneaney.

Don't forget that you can still experience ASE in person! The Annual Student Exhibition will be on view in the Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building and the Historic Landmark Building to the general public from September 12th to October 3rd.


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How to Use the Platform

  • Artworks that have already been sold will have a banner that says "Sold Out." Items that are not for sale will have a banner that reads "Preview."
  • To search for an artist by last name, use the search box at the top of the item page
  • To search for a certain type of medium, use the "Categories" dropdown menu at the top of the page.
  • To view an artwork and its details, click on the thumbnail of the work you want to see.
  • To purchase an artwork, enter your name, phone number and email and press "Buy." You will get a text message confirming your purchase.
  • If your credit card is not already on file, enter it on the next screen and press "add card on file."
  • Navigate to the "Pay" tab, and after reviewing your purchases, press "Click Here To Pay."
  • You will then see a screen to confirm your payment, and the transaction will be complete.


Restrictions on Purchases

  • PAFA is unable to put artworks on hold. Work must be purchased through the GiveSmart platform.
  • No editions or multiples are sold through PAFA. Please contact the artist directly for information about the availability of editions. 
  • No refunds are available for purchased work.
  • No discounts are available for student work. The price of artworks is non-negotiable. 

 

Pick-Up Instructions  

  • Purchasers can pick up their artwork on the following days:
    - Friday, October 9 from 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
    - Saturday, October 10 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

  • To arrange an alternate date for picking up art please contact Leigh Werrell, Art Sales Manager at 215-391-4809 or LWerrell@pafa.org.

  • PAFA is unable to ship any purchased artwork. If buyer wants artwork shipped, the buyer must agree to handle all shipping logistics through a third party shipping company. PAFA will not pack any art that will be shipped, nor negotiate any shipping costs. Once buyer has handled all logistics with third party vendor they can contact Leigh Werrell, Art Sales Manager at 215-391-4809 or LWerrell@pafa.org to arrange the physical pick-up.

 

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